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In the early hours of October 11 1806 while en-rout to Wasington to defend himself against accusations made on him in accordance to the fiancial decisions made by him as govoner of the Louisian teritoryMeriwether Lewis shot himself in the head with his own pistol at Natchez Trace1 However the ball only grazed his skull Of course after doing so he fell to the floor in pain After this Lewis drew his second pistol and shot himself in the chest this passing through his body and exiting at his lower back bone However once again he survived this blow By now he had aroused Mrs Grinder the innkeeper at Natchez Trace who sent for the servants in the barn After entering Meriwethers room she saw Lewis cutting himself with a razor At this point he exclaimed I am no coward but I am so strong it is so hard to die At this point Lewis pleaded with the servants to take his rifle and kill him he even offered them money and the assurance that no ill fate would come to them After dawn Meriwether Lewis hart stopped beating 3 To understand why such a well respected man and explorer took his own life we must examine what composed his life this being his upbringing and major events and influences in his life4Meriwether Lewis was born August 18 1774 the same year of the Boston Tea Party in Rockfish Gap Virginia in the Blue Ridge Mountains Here the East met the West5 Lewis had the advantages of living in the wilderness to sharpen his hunting and wilderness skills but when the availability of schooling from the East6 Meriwether Lewis was born on the eve of the revolution He was brought up with a very anti-British attitude Meriwether also was brought up knowing of what his ancestors had accomplished For instance Robert Lewis a Welshman was one who moved from Britain to the wilderness of Virginia
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